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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-11-05

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-11-05

Topics Live concert

Hard To Handle, Sittin On Top Of The World, Mama Tried, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Port Chester, NY

Source Audience
Lineage Sony TC-110 with built-in microphone > MC > Cass >DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by Ken Leigh
Transferred by Jack Warner


Mastered and encoded by Jack Warner. Recorded by Ken Leigh with a Sony TC-110 with built-in microphone, from center loge.
D1T1 through D2T2: MAC>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN
D2T3 through D2T5: MAC>?>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN

-- D1T9 fades out
-- D2T1 fades in
-- Tape flip between D2T2 and D2T3, cross-faded
-- Drums is tracked properly so that you can eliminate D1T9, and start disc two with D2T3, after the tape flip, if you so desire. I prefer hearing Drums into NFA, which is why I tracked it as is.


Reviewer: Incornsyucopia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2015
Subject: Ned Lagin on keys
This is actually the very first GD concert to feature Ned Lagin. He plays on "The Other One>Dark Star>St. Stephen" ( Unfortunately he can hardly be heard. But I'd guess the intensity of this performance, and the unusual pairing of TOO and DS at this point in time, is because of his presence. He also plays on Nov. 8th.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2015
Subject: incredible Grateful Dead
6/24, 11/5 and 11/8 are essential.
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2013
Subject: top for 1970!!!! ENJOY !
all should STOP BELLY ACHIN about sound , dark stars quite portions sound WAY better than most of my old boards from 1986 ! tenny bit of hiss @ top end, so what- thay are playin amazinggggggg!!!!!!!
this is WAY better than most healy boards from 1980s
WAY better playin, tops, all of it. raw demi god stuff,
beyond all other peaks(there are many !) check the crowd responce @ 5min to 5 30 of st stephen, they "peak" along with music !
u r a bunch of sissy hissy whinny babies, buy an 10band EQ, and some good headphones and enjoy.
i love all from 66-91, learnin to love 92-96!
Reviewer: johnzias - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2012
Subject: Loved the Capitol Theatre!
I was 10th row center for this one, and I recall it being a powerhouse performance. Too bad we don't have tapes that give the listener the full spectrum of their tone at the time. It was HUGE!

Very underrated show!
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavorite - August 17, 2011
Subject: Unfortunate sound
I can't listen to this because of the sound, so I can't tell if it's actually any good or not. The bass end is horribly distorted. And this is the best recording available, better than the more recent one.
Reviewer: brotherbuttcrack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2011
Subject: Good
No matter what the quality of any Port Chester Show, they all smoke. These shows make me proud to be an Aud Head. Rock on Motha Fucka!!

(note: not really a review)

Reviewer: Mohawk Nation - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2009
Subject: Dark Star
This Dark Star is easily in my top 5, even with the crappy sound. I find it sounds better on iPod. The pace is unusually fast for 1970 and Phil has some funky thing going on all the way thru. After 14:00, Garcia is just killing it with some Coltrane-like riffs that hit high point after high point. Check out how hard they are rocking when they go back into the main theme at about 19:00. Bobby stops them on a dime by chopping his rhythm figure out of mid-air. Would like to give this show a higher rating but the sounds sucks.
Reviewer: Street Pig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2007
Subject: 70' AUD
This is a situation where we wished the Vault had SBDS of this run of shows in November, the 8th is well circualted and commented on for obvious reasons, the 7th if in better shape would be mentioned more too.........this show is abobve average for being an AUD in 70' and the delivery of tunes, Pig gets us started with hard to Handle after a delay to replace a string we get a crowd pleaser SOTOTW, Phil's intro into The Other One and the tastey Dark Star that follows is the meat of the show, I can imagine those freaks being fried over the humming of that Star, you can hardly hear a pin drop, P
Reviewer: Brontis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2006
Subject: Not Fade Away jamming is the shit
I had audience tapes years ago marked 11/7/70 Portchester... from several sources.

They contained an incredibly cosmic jam that seemed to come out of nowhere and eventually wound up in Not Fade Away.

Years later, the mystery seems to have been solved. What I had was the Not Fade jam from 11/5 bleeding into the Alligator/NFA from 11/6 at the point where the 11/5 NFA jam cuts.

The source I had was lower gen than what has seeded these downloads (I think), and the full power of the performance was more evident.
On these downloads you can't get a clue as to what Phil is doing in the 11/5 NFA ... it's incredible (there's a hint of the rolling blues bottom runs in the 11-16 NFA). Jerry is also in *top* form. This is ferocious, demi-God Dead.

The Alligator->NFA jam from 11/6 is also other-worldly. It culiminates into a musical orgasm that erupts into NFA.

If only boards were available of these shows ... this stuff is as good as the "Live Dead" playing from Jan/Feb. 69 ...

5 stars for the performance. Zero stars for the SQ.

The sound quality is *horrendous*. The music cannot be appreciated by these downloads, unfortunately.

I never made it to Portchester though I saw them in Nov at 46th St. Theatre (and FE 9-18). There's something about Portchester... the June '70 has the same magic (though I don't see the early set which features an incendiary OtherOne->Attics->Other One->Cosmic Charlie here...).
And of course the Feb. 71 shows contain so many memorable performances of the great material that was introduced then: Bird Song, Bertha, etc, as well as canonical performances of China->Rider, Morning Dew, Bobby McGee, Other One, etc.
Reviewer: schnack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2006
Subject: The sound....
Is NOT awful. A 3 might be generous, but it's a good 2.5. Phil's bass is pretty rumbly, but besides that, it sounds pretty good for a 1970 aud. Turn down the bass a little if it's not against your religion, and enjoy.
Reviewer: TimePilot - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2005
Subject: Yeah but...
...the sound is awful. I agree with the other reviewers on the 5 stars for performance. They were obviously on this night. However, the sound gets a generous 1. Setlist 3.5. Overall 3.167.
Reviewer: fibber - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: Dark Star.
A great show. I'm in total agreement about the Dark Star - a classic transitional version to the epic "Third Stage"
of 72-74, incredible Stockhausen/Sun Ra middle section, and one of the last to have the 2nd verse.
Reviewer: beckettwatt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: Scorching!
I'm seriously surprised that nobody has reviewed this show! Sure, it's not the Pigpen extravaganza of the following night and it lacks the rarities that characterize 11/8. Nevertheless, if you want a good picture of an ASTOUNDING 1970 Dead night without any frills, this is the show I would suggest. If this were a soundboard, it definitely would be held in the same regard as 2/13/ and 9/19 as one of the best of the year. With both an Other One and Dark Star in the show, something must have been in the Kool-Aid. Though the Other One is a typical pre-1971 one, lots of energy, the Dark Star really makes this show special. As Deadlists says, "This is the deep space Dark Star of the year", and it certainly may be--the only Dark Star I can think of from '70 on the top of my head that gets this spacey is the one from 1/03, maybe 10/11 if you could actually hear what was going on. Anyway, back to the space jam... add a little Keith piano and maybe some wah-wah Tiger to it, and it would be an unmistakable fully formed '72 space jam; makes you wonder why they briefly shut off the space jam facet after Mickey Hart left. Other highlights include the Not Fade Away->Goin' Down The Road->Not Fade Away sequence, which is slightly cut in the middle, but hey, you still get to hear the Pig blow on his harp, a rare occurance by this point. Lovelight is nowhere nearly as energized as the version from the following night but features some incredible bluesy guitar playing from Garcia and the usual call and response with the audience. Overall, this is a five star show, and I never like to give five stars--its just that good. Download this sucker now!
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